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Intimidating Vinesh Phogat pounces on CWG gold, Ravi Dahiya also wins yellow metal


Mental and physical struggles that plagued her aside, an intimidating Vinesh Phogat pounced on her rivals to complete a CWG gold medals hat-trick, while Ravi Dahiya was unchallenged in her gold-winning show, here Saturday.

Vinesh became the first Indian female wrestler to win three consecutive gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

In what was expected to be a rocky start against world championship bronze medalist Samantha Leigh Stewart, Vinesh cut it to a nil and finished it in just 36 seconds.

Vinesh had the Canadian in a head lock from where he pushed her to the canvas and in no time she pinned her rival.

Even before people could warm up for the contest, it was all over.

Next up for the 27-year-old Vinesh was Nigeria’s Mercy Bolafunoluwa Adekuoroye, who tried to resist a bit but was soon caught hard by the Indian. Vinesh held her in that position for over a minute in a magnificent display of power, winning 6-0.

With just four fighters in the women’s 53kg draw, Vinesh now needed to beat Sri Lanka’s Chamodya Keshani Maduravlage Don and she did so in style, winning ‘by fall’ to secure her third successive gold.

Vinesh has been fighting for form and fitness since her loss at the Tokyo Games, where she made a shock first-round exit after entering the field as the heavy favorite for the gold medal.

Tokyo Games silver medalist Ravi was also too good for the 57kg field. He won both of his fights, against New Zealand’s Suraj Singh and Pakistan’s Asad Ali, by technical superiority en route to the final.

In the final, Ebikewenimo Welson from Nigeria showed the intention to fight, but the level Ravi fights at made it a tall order.

Ravi foiled an attack with his right leg and on the Nigerian’s next attempt, he scored on the counterattack, making a takedown move with ease.

He soon caught Welson in a leg loop and rolled him three times for an 8-0 lead. Ravi completed the formality with another takedown.

Also fighting for gold is Naveen (74kg), who started with TSU wins over Nigeria’s Ogbonna Emmanuel John, Singapore’s Hong Yeow Lou and EnglandCharlie James Bowling.

He will then fight Tahir Muhammad Sharif of Pakistan.

In the women’s 50kg, Pooja Gehlot got off to a confident start with a TSU victory over Scotland’s Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio and then blasted past Cameron’s Rebecca Ndolo Muambo to reach the semi-final stage with ease.

However, she lost the quarterfinal match 6-9 to Canada’s Madison Bianca Parks and will now battle for bronze against the Scottish player. Since only six wrestlers appeared in this category, it was competed in the Nordic style, where all the wrestlers, divided into two groups, competed against each other once.

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